Mission Day 2009 comes at an auspicious moment in the history of the Society of Jesus, one of Loyola Marymount’s founding religious orders. As the campus gathers Feb. 2 to explore and discuss this year’s theme, “Companions in Mission,” the Jesuits mark 100 years of service in California. Fittingly, the new superior general of the Society of Jesus, the Very Reverend Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., will give the Mission Day 2009 keynote address.
Father Nicolás’ speech, “Companions in Mission: Pluralism in Action,” will be his major address during a 10-day visit to California and will begin a day of exploration and reflection in guided conversations on the LMU campus. Nicolás, who was elected to the Jesuit leadership position in January 2008, has spent much of his career in Asia, where he was professor of theology and rector at Sophia University in Tokyo and also Jesuit provincial in Japan. More recently he was moderator of the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania. As superior general, Nicolás brings a global perspective to his leadership of the order’s many educational, missionary, and social/pastoral enterprises. There will be an opportunity to meet the superior general at a Sculpture Garden reception following his 10 a.m. keynote in Sacred Heart Chapel.
“Coming from his many years in the Far East, Father Nicolás has a strong sense that our commitment to faith doing justice means working side by side with many who may not share our beliefs but who nonetheless share our goals for a more just and peaceful world, and a more sustainable environment,” said Robert Caro, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry.
Among the topics to be discussed in afternoon guided conversations are: “Ignatius Loyola and the Background of Jesuit Education”; “Jesuit Education and Student Life”; “Partnership and the Future of Jesuit Education”; “Faith in Everyday Life”; “Passionate Concern for the Environment”; and “Globalization and Justice.”